Monday, December 12, 2016

Cookie Swap Year 14!

WOW..... As I type this I can't believe it's been 14 years.... 14 years of long standing friendships.  I love it that in our busy lives we have this one standing tradition that does not change - our annual Cookie Swap!!  

There are 13 ladies in the swap.  The group started 14 years ago and although a few of the original members have moved on, there are about 6 or 7 of us that have continued this traditional from Year 1.  I look forward to this every year!  We each make enough cookies for everyone to take home 6 of each kind of cookie and we usually bring a few to sample.  That's alot of cookies!!  (A minimum of 78 cookies to include samples are needed to be exact!)

After finding the perfect recipe (which means you need to find a recipe that makes PLENTY  - only doubling it one time if needed) the next thing to find is the container to put them in.  12 containers!
Some years I've been creative, and then some years I just find a nice Christmas looking bag to put them in.  This year I decided to be creative.  It's the least I could do since MY recipe only needed 4 ingredients!  Almond Joy Cookies - WAY to easy but OH SO GOOD!

I found my cookie boxes in Close To My Heart's Clearance Sale on my website!!  They are Designer Creations Take Out Boxes  - Two boxes in a set for just $2!!  So I ordered 6 sets!  What a deal!  

I dressed up my take out boxes using leftover scraps from last year's Christmas paper from Close To My Heart - White Pines.  (I KNEW there was a reason to save all of those 2x12 strips!)  I made the bows with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge and wrapped shimmer trim around it.

Check out my recipe card!!  Yep, it's a PML card from Oh Deer!.  (Another great use for those Picture My Life Cards!).  I actually had 12 of the same cards from leftovers from my recent Christmas Card Workshop.  

Look at all of these yummy cookies!!  
I think we quite outdid ourselves this year.

So... now before they are all gone... go grab yourself some of these Take Out boxes for YOUR next cookie swap!  Too late for this year?  Save them for next year! 

Signing out now.... going to sample a few more cookies before I go to bed!  (shhhhh......)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Oh Deer! A 5 Picture Layout

I created this layout with leftover papers and compliments from the Oh Deer! WYW kit (G1116).   I used two Picture My Life cards on this layout.  I accented the PML card on the left page with additional pine cones from the compliments.  I used a kraft shape to create a dish and placed the other pine cones around it.  The other PML card on the right page is my journaling block.   Here are some close up of my compliment placements.

Remember, the Oh Deer! WYW kit will only be available through the end of December!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Thoughtful Flowers

Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Thoughtful Flowers. This set of 14 stamps, which coordinates with the Flower Market cricut cartridge. If you have come here from Marie Flayer's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultant's HERE.

This stamp is great for Sympathy cards.   I had a hard time choosing which flowers to color first so I stamped them ALL out and started with these small flowers.   I used my ShinHan Touch Twin markers to color and then I cut them out and layered the small grouping of flowers on top of the small flowers on the stem. I combined Oh Deer! paper and Whimsy paper for this card - a very nice combination.

Remember! You can get this stamp for just $5 during the month of December when you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart Products!

Now it is time to hop on over to Kirsten Desorcy's Blog and see what she has created!

Products Used:
White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack - x254
Oh Deer Paper Pack - X7214B
Whimsy Paper Pack - Z3255
Gold Glitter Paper - Z3238
Black Memento Ink - Z899
ShinHan Touch Twin Marker Peony Purple - Z2462
ShinHan Touch Twin Marker Leaf Green - Z2454
Sequins Assortment - Gold  - Z2012

It's the Little Things - December Special!

Adorable mini albums for celebrating the little things you love! So often it’s the little things that matter most—and what better way to celebrate the little things in life than with adorable mini albums? Whether looking for a meaningful gift idea or a treasured keepsake, these mini albums are a fast and easy option, and this month you save 30%-off the retail price of the products you need!

The bundles are specifically designed to give you everything you need to preserve your memories in a flash. Whether you are just getting started with papercrafting or you are a seasoned scrapbooker, these mini album bundles can help you create quick and easy albums. These albums make great gift items in part because of their smaller sizes, and also because of their low price!

There are three different options:

If you are brand new to scrapbooking, the Blue Jean mini-album bundle and Blush mini-album bundle are great options! The smaller size of the album, cards, and overlays make this system extremely user friendly. Simply trim your photos to size, insert them into the Memory Protectors™, and then fill in additional spots with cards and overlays. These albums are a perfect sized and are designed for anyone who wants to create a handcrafted album in a flash!

The Everyday Life™ album bundles (shown below) are another great option for new and seasoned scrapbookers alike. The printed pages in this album allow for quickly created projects, but also give the crafter more space for creativity. You can customize the pages by adding things like mementos, photos, embellishments, and journaling. The larger size of this album provides space not only for more photos, but also for standard sized 4" x 6" photos. Note: There are different Memory Protectors available to them with either one 8" x 6" pocket, two 4" x 6" pockets, or four 4" x 3" pockets. All of these bundles are designed to help everyone from novice to expert create beautifully designed, fast & easy scrapbooks to document everything from everyday antics to vacations. 

HINT:  To make printing these custom photo sizes even more convenient for you, try out Persnickety Prints. They have tools that make it easy to print 2" x 2" and 4" x 4" sizes, as well as more traditional sizes.

Get your bundle or today!  
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